While an effective education is essential, young people need plenty of support outside of the classroom to succeed in school and ultimately in life. They need nurturing adults, safe and healthy environments, and opportunities to feel connected to their local communities—resources crucial to their full development. Adopting this holistic approach means that we start investing in children when they are born and we don’t stop until they reach a path of self-sufficiency. Even with more students graduating from high school than ever, millions of young people are still without diplomas or jobs. We can’t squander their potential. The nation’s future depends on it. And that’s where committed leaders like
John Gomperts come in. Education Post is pleased to announce that
John will be the newest addition to our Advisory Network. John is president and chief executive officer of
America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to improving the lives of youth. He is a highly respected civic leader who has devoted his career to growing the promise of young people through educational attainment and service work. Before heading America’s Promise, he led AmeriCorps, the program that provides Americans of all ages the opportunity to engage in a year of intense national service. In a recent interview on the
Bloomberg EDU radio program, John talked about efforts to destigmatize high school dropouts, underscoring the importance of reaching out to them and ensuring they have a path to high school graduation and beyond: “Every young person in America should have a full opportunity to thrive, flourish and reach his or her full potential.” It’s a goal we can all agree on.
To learn more about America’s Promise Alliance and its GradNation campaign, which seeks to reach a 90% on time high school graduation rate nationwide by 2020, visit its website.
Caroline Bermudez is chief storyteller at the Charter School Growth Fund and former senior writer at Education Post. Bermudez has been a journalist for almost 10 years. She was staff editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, covering the nonprofit world, with a particular focus on foundations and high net-worth giving. She has interviewed prominent business, political and philanthropic leaders ...